Finally I was able to get down to the actual building of the stained glass piece. The drawing had been completed and copies had been made of the cartoon so I could cut out the patterns which I would use to cut the glass. I also made a pattern which provides a guide for laying out the individual pieces of glass when cut and ground to size. The best way to describe this is to look at the pattern as the “template” or blueprint for the pieces of glass that will form the final piece. It is ...
I mentioned recently that I felt like actually making something before working on my bench. What better project for my beginner skills than a simple dovetail box? I haven’t waded through the loads of plans online for boxes, so this plan of mine might not work. Let me know what you think. First, I had an idea that maybe I could build the entire box out of a single block of 2×4 that is 5 1/2” long. Here’s my block – it’s kempas by the way (click for big siz...
After gluing up the blank in the first part of this series, I moved over to the miter saw. I set the angle for 15 degrees, setup a 15 degree stop and a sub fence/base for zero clearance to minimize tearout. I cut the 2×4 into a bunch of little pizza slices and got ready for the next step. That step involved finding out if my mitre saw read 15 degrees accurately! Two half circles were made, and the pieces taped together. I didn’t have any of the fancy blue tape that ...
I’m not going to beat about the bushes with this utility bathroom shelf.It is what it is, a shelf made from a 2×4. I made it from a 2×4 ( spruce). The top and shelves are 7” wide and 12” long.The unit stands 25” tall.The 2×4 was sliced in half and the boards jointed to make the shelves.The four legs are 2” tapering down to 1-1/4”. Each section of the leg has two dowels placed to pin it to the shelves, the legs had to be cut in opposite di...
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A number of my LumberJock Mates have been sending me private messages inquiring where I’ve been. Well it’s confession time. I’ve made no secret about being a committed Christian. (That shouldn’t be confused with a Christian who has been committed. LOL) I foolishly volunteered to build and manage our churches website. I say foolishly, because I knew nothing about doing so, other than I’ve been very impressed with Martin’s work here in building this ...
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Okay, once more, with feeling … I love this place. However, it does try my patience at times. The most recent challenge is a perfect example. I am quite the novice at this woodworking thing and I’m pretty pleased with my progress, and even more so with what I’m learning to do and appreciate. As it turns out, I am learning a craft, a skill. And in the process I am learning to recognize and appreciate the skill in the work of others. A few years back I could not have k...
I was just surfing through Amazon.com and came across this book called Easy to Make Organizers: Woodworking for Women. Now, I know I’m a guy, so perhaps I should just keep my mouth shut, but I suspect by now that some folks here realize that that is just not my style. Frankly, this title bugs the hell out of me. First, there is the implication that women are more likely to be interested in things like organizers rather than coffee tables. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that...
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